CHW is Castlewellan Holiday week. A yearly Christian meeting at the beginning of August. The speaker this year was Patrick Regan – currently he is the CEO of a charity called Kintsugi Hope. Probably uniquely for a christian speaker in my experience Patrick focused on faith within the context of mental health. Emphasising that it’s OK to not be OK. His book “Honesty over Silence” has just been published and so far I have got to the end of chapter 5. It’s a very personal read and talks about his family experiences of physical illness, mental illness, bereavement and perhaps less obvious issues like perfectionism. Letting go is a common theme.
Patrick started the week talking about a broken vase being repaired with gold glue so that the defect becomes part of the object and in fact enhances it. An image of God’s healing made real because of his personal story.
In some ways all of us are broken or damaged by our experiences, whether we have ever had a diagnosis of a mental health problem personally. As the title suggests the book encourages an honest conversation rather than that the silence which our society so often encourages.
A serious post but there was also time for fun…
last weekend I walked the coastal path all the way from Larrybane beside the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge to Dunseverick harbour. Lots of wildlife along the way – seals & dolphins playing in Whitepark bay and pretty sure we saw some whales as well! Sadly no photographic evidence of the wildlife but these were my favourite shots.
there is a fantastic coastal path starting at the ruins of Dunseverick castle and going west towards the Giants Causeway. Views as you can see are amazing especially on a late July evening. Just beautiful.
just back home after a single night on the north coast. It was beautiful last night – stopped off in Ballintoy as it got close to 10pm for the sunset.